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By going backward in time, Memento draws the real mystery from viewers learning the first step in Leonard’s investigation, the origins of his self-deception. Yes, we also learn what really happened to his wife, what happened to him, and what happened to his killer, and we understand more about Teddy’s complicated role in using Leonard for his own purposes. But the most telling revelation at the end of Memento isn’t limited to his condition: Leonard lies to himself. And when he isn’t outright lying to himself, he’s guilty of confirmation bias, accepting only the facts that affirm his pre-cooked conclusions, and tossing out all the rest. Again, there’s no substantive difference between what Leonard does and, say, embracing the polling data that favors your candidate of choice, while ignoring the numbers that don’t. When Leonard writes “Don’t Believe His Lies” on the back of a Polaroid, it’s the original sin that begets all the others, like an infection that spreads through the body.

So is Memento really just a tale about how easy it is to lie to ourselves?

Because that's certainly a theme of Inception, which is actually quite similar.

 Inception & Memento: The Anatomy of a Lie.

Lie to ourselves ie. what we choose to believe.  Why did he choose to believe his "Don't Believe his Lies" comment?  Simply based on empirical, that it was his own handwriting, and it was part of his "system" (which was its own coping mechanism of denial).both written by Nolan.

Wayman that's fascinating. He constructed a way to make himself believe. 

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